A.V. Fest Day 2 pics & review (Archers of Loaf, Tokyo Police Club, Maps & Atlases & more)
photos by Josh Darr, AoL photos & words by Zach Pollack,
Archers of Loaf
It was back to the blazing sun and Hideout lot for day two of the A.V. Fest last Sunday (9/11).
Maybe it was the lineup or that most had their Sunday free, but the grounds were packed with people unlike most of the previous day. I walked in about halfway through Cloud Nothings' set. They were playing new material which they just said was cut to a record here in Chicago. Their fuzzy power-pop was loved by many (including me), and made for a great kick off to the day.
Up next was Seattle, WA's much beloved Telekinesis (who have since played Austin City Limits). Michael Lerner and co. brought their infectious indie-pop to the stage, holding absolutely nothing back. Their set was dominated by cuts from this year's 12 Desperate Straight Lines, produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla. A few songs in, Lerner held a brief Q&A sessions with the crowd. "How was it working with Chris Walla?", someone asked. "Oh great! He has the best hair in Rock n' Roll," Lerner replied.
Chicago's own progressive indie rock band and fantastic songwriters Maps & Atlases were passed the torch next. Band leader Dave Davidson has an incredibly thick, soulful voice that really carries through their technical stylings. Their collective level of musicianship awesd people at A.V. Fest like it did earlier this year at Lollapalooza 2011.
The always great Tokyo Police Club was up next. I think I had forgotten how big this band really was, as their crowd was packed tight with serious fans. With only two full length (and two EPs) to their name, the band have built a large career since 2006. Their most recent, 2010's Champ, was heavily featured in their set to much enthusiasm from the crowd.
The recently reunited Archers Of Loaf were up next. The four gentlemen entered the stage to the rabid cheers of a massive crowd. Opting to not say anything, they quietly got set and launched directly into "Audiowhore." The heavily intoxicated audience went absolutely nuts as bassist Matt Gentling said, "Thanks so much for sticking around guys." Bandleader Eric Bachmann quipped back, "Really? I think these are all different people than the rest of the day." Archers of Loaf continued to deliver with the remainder of their set. Glad to have them back.
Check out more pictures from Sunday of the A.V. Fest below (Day 1 HERE)...
Maps & Atlases
Tokyo Police Club
Archers of Loaf